Friday Finds & five-star reader recommendations!

by Maryse on May 20, 2016 · 178 comments

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<— SATURDAY BREAK NEWS UPDATE & ADD-ONS! I just saw this one, you guys… this one sounds SO good. So heartbreaking, and I can already see where it’s going and I LOVE the sound of it. A Heart of Time by Shari J. Ryan. His wife dies giving birth to their baby (I think) and then…

“We are going to remove her heart now, Hunter. It was her wish to donate,” the doctor said.She never told me this. She never told me another woman would carry on with her beating heart. She never told me this woman knew me but wouldn’t let me know her. She never told me if I should follow her heart, or if I should follow mine.

PLUS!!! Check out my latest ➜ Book Review of Smut by Karina Halle



A few awesome sounding books just went live in the last 24 hours, plus TWO awesome sounding books just went up for preorder, and of course, the bargain finds and reader recommendations sound top-notch!!! I posted ‘em all below (and will add more throughout the day as surprises come our way).

Also, don’t forget to check out the latest list I posted yesterday (that I will be updating with even MORE recommendations). This one was sorely needed! ➜ What to Read After The Deal

P.S. I’m on Instagram and I’d love if you’d follow me. :D I post all sorts of fun stuff there (books, of course, but also my personal stuff that I love).

P.P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere).


  1. Some Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie <— HUGELY POPULAR SERIES is now complete with this release! “The conclusion to the epic ten-book series about the unbreakable strength of family, friendship, and love…” and it’s almost 700 pages!!! (series reading order) and Natasha says: “I must say this series is wonderful and just pulls you in from the first few pages. A must read!!!!!
  2. A Way to Get By by T. Torrest <— JUST WENT LIVE!! and it sounds like it will be an emotional rollercoaster! The author warns: “READ WHEN YOU’RE IN THE MOOD FOR: Angsty, surprising, heart-breaking, infuriating true love.”This is not a romantic comedy.
    This is not a fairytale.
    This is not what you’re expecting.

    Lies, secrets, betrayal.
    Marriage, divorce, sex.
    Love, heartbreak, money.

    Best friends.
    Old enemies.

    Soul mates.

    Happily Ever After comes in many forms.
    A WAY TO GET BY is the story of how Brenda and Eddie found theirs.

  3. The Girl Who Lied: A gripping psychological drama that will keep you turning the page! by Sue Fortin <— PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!Erin and Roisin were once friends until a fatal accident ruined both their lives. Now, Roisin has discovered a secret—one Erin has kept for over a decade—and she’s determined to make Erin pay for her lies…
  4. Dark Captive by Jenika Snow <— DARK READ ANTHOLOGY ALERT!!! Also just released: “Kidnapping, abduction, and sexual slavery are just a few of the titillating taboo themes in this hand-picked anthology.”
  5. Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me by <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT! Best friends since childhood, one always had a crush while the other was into girls… “When life suddenly brings them back together, it doesn’t take much for the flame Evan carried for Scott nearly all his life to come roaring back, and Evan discovers that life sometimes has a strange way of coming full circle.”
  6. Wasted Words by Staci Hart <— SHY BOOK WORM & HOT GUY BECOME ROOMMATES… “A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate..”
  7. Final Breath Of One by Tavares Jones <— IRRECONCILABLE MARITAL STRIFE but… “hen all tries and all options fall flat, promise resorts them to a clause in their marriage agreement – to see if thirty days of counseling helps press them through differences and frustrations against one another…”
  8. Seeking Faith (Surfers Way) by Lauren K. McKellar <— THREE BEST FRIENDS & one of them doesn’t make it… “Graduation changed everything. Almost three years later, and Mack’s high school dreams are just that—figments of her imagination, thanks to the guilt that haunts her on a daily basis. Will a faux relationship with Byron Leckie be the thing she needs to get her life back on track? Or will it make everything worse?”
  9. Breaking His Rules by R.C. Matthews <— SHE’S A BARTENDER & HE’S HER RICH BOSS ALERT! “For one night with him, I would have sold my soul to the devil. And that’s exactly what I did. Let me tell you, hell in the company of Damon Baxter was blissfully hot. I offered him a single night of pleasure, but when he demanded another in that deep and sexy whisper, what could I say? He was my boss, and I always aimed to please…when it pleased me. He didn’t care that I broke his rules. But was I ready to break my own?”
  10. Toward the Sound of Chaos by Carmen Jenner <— BROKEN MARINE… “Ellie Mason doesn’t have time for broken. She’s too busy trying to put food on the table. And keeping up with the demands of her autistic son, Spencer, is sometimes like fighting behind enemy lines. As if navigating the minefields of single parenthood isn’t enough, Ellie finds herself drawn to the quiet Marine who’s just as lonely as she is. But she’s loved damaged men before, and it left her wounded.
  11. Waiting for April by Jaime Loren <— SHE’S BEEN HIS LOVE FOR CENTURIES AND HE KEEPS FINDING HER IN HER NEW LIVES ALERT! OMG it sounds SOOOO good! “April Fletcher has died nineteen times… but she doesn’t know it. As far as April is concerned, she’s just a normal seventeen-year-old, looking forward to spending spring break with her friends and going to college in the fall. April doesn’t know she has never lived past her eighteenth birthday, nor does she realize that Scott Parker, her best friend, is actually her childhood sweetheart and fiancé from her very first life…” (but in THIS life, she’s dating someone else… doesn’t want him, and their friendship is falling apart…)
  12. Caged by D.H. Sidebottom <— DARK THRILLER ALERT! He was kidnapped as a child and tortured in a cage and finally found as a terribly broken adult. Assigned a therapist that helped him become “human” again, she left him when there were speculations about just how close they were and devastated him. And now a few years later, he accidentally runs into her. “But Kloe Grant left him when he needed her the most. She took the only shred of hope and trust he had left and annihilated it. She starved his belief, and she fed his fury. She owes him. And he’s going to make sure that this time, she pays. In blood. In lust. In pain. And with her soul.”
  13. Touched by Love (Love in Bloom: The Remingtons) by Melissa Foster <— A FIREFIGHTER RESCUES HER! “When Boyd comes to Janie’s rescue, she’s forced to accept his help, and Janie discovers there’s more to the sexy-sounding office flirt than one-liners. Their connection deepens as Janie heals, but it turns out that Janie isn’t the only one who needs healing. Boyd’s painful past comes back to haunt him, threatening their relationship and forcing Boyd to reevaluate everything he knows about himself.” And it can be read as a standalone!
  14. Stealing Light by Julie Cassar <— SHE CAN CHANGE THE FUTURE ALERT! “Cecelia Walker discovers an amazing ability deep within herself that gives her the power to change the future. When mysterious outsiders enter her life, she begins to question everything and everyone she once knew…”
  15. A Right To Remain by Beth Rinyu <— Kathy found us this one!


FIVE-STAR READER RECOMMENDATIONS (and bargain finds!) :D  (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order).

  • When I Lost You: A gripping, heart breaking novel of lost love by Kelly Rimmer <— HE LOSES HIS MEMORY & HIS WIFE IS HIDING SOMETHING... and it sounds so good! “…tragedy strikes and he loses his memory. Molly rushes to help him fill in the gaps and soon they start falling in love all over again. The trouble is, Molly is hiding something. Something big. The devoted wife at Leo’s bedside is a sham; Leo and Molly’s marriage was on the rocks long before Leo’s accident.” Plus, it’s super-bargain priced!!
  • Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst <— FREE READ ALERT! You can read this one on the XOXO website (full length book)!
  • Going the Distance by Julianna Keyes <— JERK HERO ALERT! Back on the list ’cause she’s on of our newly discovered favorite authors, and THIS one is now coming HIGHLY recommended. Elizabeth has re-read it THREE times!!

“I really liked Going the Distance. I actually read that last year. It was the first of hers I read. I really really liked it!!! I’ve reread it like 3 times. It’s definitely a little darker. I mean not like a dark scary read but just not as upbeat. The hero is a jerk!!!! And he’s kinda awkward but I LOVED the heroine bc she didn’t let him slide and she gives him a hard time about being such a jerk. I thought the ending could’ve been longer. I’ve also read Just Once and loved it too.”

“Hey. I’m not sure if anyone else’s has read this book yet but I wanted to add my review of it to you since I loved this book. A court of mist and fury- Sarah j. Maas. I love, love, love this series. I love the heroine in this book and I love the evolution of thought on love as well. It’s not a cookie cutter Cinderella story. The heroine is young and experiences what she feels is love only to evolve in her thought and mature. This book is thrilling and hot. I can’t wait to read the next book.”

  • Blurred Lines (Love Unexpectedly) by Lauren Layne <— BEST FRIENDS & ROOMMATES ALERT!…when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time…” And Lisa was excited about book #2 ’cause she loved book #1! “I loved Blurred Lines way back when I read it. I had it on my favorites list…just floved it. I very quickly snapped (clicked) up this newy… Good Girl (Love Unexpectedly).”
  • The Pact by Karina Halle <— KARINA HALLE SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT! Michelle found it for us on bargain-sale today, and since so many of us here are “Smut”ing it (her latest), ;) this one is plenty appropriate for this awesome list! It’s a great deal, by a great author and I really enjoyed it! (my review)
  • Porn Star by Laurelin Paige <— THE TITLE SAYS A LOT!!! Tee hee!! Michelle found us this super-bargain (today!), too! Grey and Anne recommend it!

Grey: I read Porn Star, really, really liked it! 4.5 stars for me.

Anne: Really liking Porn Star. Logan is such a sweetheart! Love him!

  • Heart-Shaped Hack: Kate and Ian #1 by Tracey Garvis Graves <— One of my favorite authors has a book on super-bargain sale today (thank you, Michelle!) Anne recommends it:

“Maryse I really liked Heart-Shaped Hack. Ian and Kate are amazing together and there’s a little mystery and angst. It didn’t disappoint!”

    1. For those going on a road trip soon, or maybe you’ve got some projects that require both hands this weekend but still allows you to “listen”… check out the free audible trial + 2 free ebooks deal —>
    2. AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —>Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as AUDIOBOOKS AT A BARGAIN PRICE!<—Audiobooks for ebook super-sale prices. I’m thrilled with that, and what’s fun is you can flip flop from reading it, to listening to it without losing your spot… This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL! (This is the “Whispersync” thingie).


PRE-ORDERS (next week’s!!! :D )

  • Sugar Daddy: A Sugar Bowl Novel by Sawyer Bennett - May 24th 2016
  • Charged: Saints of Denver by Jay Crownover - May 24th 2016
  • Wild Abandon by Jeannine Colette - May 24th 2016
  • Easy For Keeps: A Boudreaux Novella (The Boudreaux Series) by Kristen Proby – May 24th 2016
  • Glass Ceilings: A True Heroes Novel by A.M. Madden – May 24th 2016
  • Make Me Forever by Beth Kery – May 24th 2016
  • Until June: Until Her Series by Aurora Rose Reynolds - May 24th 2016
  • Midnight Soul (Fantasyland Series Book 5) by Kristen Ashley <— KRISTEN ASHLEY ALERT! August 15th 2016!!!! It can be read as a standalone and OMG it sounds so good!! “…he meets an amazing woman only to find she’s destined for his identical twin in another world. And things aren’t going real great there. Noc is recruited to help save that world. What he doesn’t know is his destined love resides there…”
  • Exploited: A Zero Day Romance by A. Meredith Walters <— A. MEREDITH WALTERS ALERT! September 27th 2016 Sounds exciting and romantically angsty!!! She’s a vigilante hacker, and the FBI is after her: “My story begins with the best possible intention. Devoting my life to exposing the corrupt. The dishonest. The unethical. For that, they label me a cyber-terrorist. Wanted by the FBI, I’ve always been one step ahead. Until I fell in love. Because I’m sleeping with the man who’s hunting me. And he has no idea that I am his prey.”
Pia: Pre-ordered without reading the blurb. She is one of my absolute favorite authors, and she never disappoints – no matter what she writes about :) Can’t wait for this one :)

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Heather May 20, 2016 at 11:59 AM
Fabi May 20, 2016 at 12:35 PM

MichelleS doesn’t Waiting for April sound so much like Roam?

If anyone reads Caged, can you please come back with feedback? I’m intrigued but chicken.

Squeee Stealing Light sounds like PNR goodness.

Robyn May 20, 2016 at 12:54 PM

Fabi- I was just going to say that Waiting For April sounds just like Roam!! Since Roam is my one of my favorite series of all time I had to one click WFA.

I’m also going to try Caged. It looks really good, even though it is out of my price range. I’m in the mood for some dark stuff!

Yes, and Stealing the Light sounds right up my alley too! Looks Fabi and I are loving the same books! YAY!

Fabi May 20, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Yay Robyn :-)

Anne May 20, 2016 at 1:03 PM

Waiting for April sounds amazing! One clicking!

Finished Undecided last night and LOVED it!! Its a perfect NA book. I was left with a huge smile when I finished it. Anyone else wants a book about ****? I hope its the next one :)

I think I am starting Wicked Heart next. I simply love Leisa Rayven and her angsty books.

Maryse May 20, 2016 at 2:07 PM

Thank you Heather!!! I’m adding it to the main list. :D

Kathy Phelan May 20, 2016 at 2:10 PM

One more new release that looks really good about two people who have gone through losses, A right to remain by Beth Rinyu. It sounds like a teary read.

Maryse May 20, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Robyn and Fabi are book-twins!!!

Anne May 20, 2016 at 3:18 PM

I want to read Caged but its book 1 of 2 and I don’t like CH’s so I am going to wait till book 2 is out. It sounds very dark though! Love it! Has anyone read anything by D.H. Sidebottom? It seems she writes pretty dark stories.

Maryse May 20, 2016 at 4:09 PM

Thank you Kathy! I’ll add it too. :D

Ela May 20, 2016 at 4:11 PM

*waves hands* *over here* Read D.H. Sidebottom…yes very dark, she also likes to team up with another scary dark author, Ker Dukey sooooooooooo there you have it!

Tessa May 20, 2016 at 5:00 PM

I have Decimation of Mae, but haven’t read it. I did read her books with Ker Dukey, Facade and Cadence which I loved.

Tessa May 20, 2016 at 5:04 PM

Oooh, and apparently there’s a spin off novella that I never read, Beneath Innocence. *puts on wishlist* Florida broke me. :P

I finished all 6 of the Dragon Born books out so far. 5/24 Fairy Magic comes out. *grins* Seriously, it was a breath of fresh air, very much all I adore in Urban Fantasy. Now, I got through Kindle Unlimited Her other series. I enjoyed the one so much.

Leah Szudzik May 20, 2016 at 5:09 PM

I read Caged today. I really enjoyed the book, but I’m not pleased that it’s a cliffy. I am now anxiously awaiting July.

Amy May 20, 2016 at 7:18 PM

Holy moly. Holy MOLY.


Maryse. I freaking love you. I would have missed out on SO many pretties without this blog and your lists.

Sorry ladies…Smut is good but it’s just not working for me right now. But it IS definitely a GBL…go back later. ;) I’m jumping ship for AWTGB. And I’m taking my peach martinis with me.

Tessa May 20, 2016 at 10:50 PM

My Commander… *giggles insanely* The tampon scene is funny but prior, the description? ROFL Awesome.

Lisa May 21, 2016 at 12:18 AM

Went to one click some of these shiny sparklies to discover I’ve pre-ordered months ago (love it ;) )…..Jay Crownover, Sawyer Bennett and Kristen Proby…three of my favorite authors all landing 24 May. Yay!!!!
Loving Undecided. Very much The Deal feel about it.

Lisa May 21, 2016 at 1:15 AM

And absolutely Anne….I want ***** to have a book in this series (is it going to be a series? It should be.)

Grace May 21, 2016 at 3:31 AM

Tessa – Are you talking about when she explains what is happening to her and why she needs him to go get the things that will “help” her. I was dying when they were all amazed and saying how brave and strong human women are. Too funny!

Lisa May 21, 2016 at 4:13 AM

Yes Tessa and Grace…laugh out loud moment with the SWAT team buying chocolate everything and tampons to ‘save her life’.

No one in my house would care if I was ‘dying’ of PMS.
My sister sent me a message today that read:

Mum flu.
The same as normal flu.
But no one gives a shit.

LOL So true!!!!!

Fabi May 21, 2016 at 10:06 AM

This weekend I’m reading an ARC that has been burning a hole through my tbr.

Mr. and Mr. Smith by HelenKay Dimon. Due out May 25th.

Do y’all remember the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith? I loved it! So I’ve been thinking I’ll really enjoy this m/m spinoff.

I’m already over 20%. No matter how I try to drag it out so I can spend more time in this deliciousness, I keep going back to it because I HAVE to know what’s next.

If I’m being honest, I admit that I enjoy the grittier reads. Stories with action, suspense and heart stopping moments when the plot can go in different directions. Yes please, keep me on my toes. ;-)

For those of you who read m/m like me, I’ll let you know if Mr.and Mr. Smith continues on the awesome course it set so far.

Tessa May 21, 2016 at 10:07 AM

YES! I finished it and my only wish is it had been longer. The end needed to be longer, though I’m sure a lot of issues will be addressed in the other books. However, this couple needed longer time together. I felt like wtf when it ended.

bev May 21, 2016 at 12:03 PM

Just was looking at a note at the end of a book. The note said to recieve bonus chapters leave a review. Maybe I’m just being grumpy but I find things like this are starting to annoy me.

Fabi May 21, 2016 at 12:37 PM

*gasp* Bev, that’s bribery

bev May 21, 2016 at 12:51 PM

Its annoying.

Jennifer May 21, 2016 at 12:59 PM

Fabi…yes interested if your ARC continues to be great. For those who loved Last Hour of Gann…read Cottonwood. It is the story of alien colonists who accidentally come to earth- very good, very R.L. Smith. I love this author and her stories, she never disappoints!

MichelleS May 21, 2016 at 1:09 PM

Yes! Fabi… Waiting for April sounds like Roam, and you know how much I LOVED that series. Every book got better & better & better. CLICK!!! Please be like Roam….

And Fantasyland #5… Easy one click there. Best KA series ever!!!!

Yippee. Fantasy and PNR for me. Happy girl here.

I finished The Bird & The Sword. Really really liked that one too. Kinda weird to read a stand alone fantasy book.. No series… Hmmmmm…

Amy May 21, 2016 at 2:06 PM

Oh man, Bev…you just opened the door for a rant from me. SO many things some authors have been doing/just started doing that are irritating me and making me not want to buy their books.

The books are *their* books and they can do what they want with them. I get it. Some people *like* what the authors are doing. I GET IT. But this single little book reader, who probably doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, doesn’t like what they are doing. And dammit, this is my place to vent and commiserate so I am going to do so!!!

*deep breath*

And yes, Bev, the bribery thing you mentioned is just one of the things that irritate me. ;)

Amy May 21, 2016 at 2:11 PM

BUT! I am reading a book which is totally different then the angsty one I planned on starting yesterday…some of y’all kept mentioning Dannika Dark, and I realized I have some of the Seven series books on my Nook (from who knows when) so I thought I would give it a shot.

‘Cause it’s rainy and chilly and that’s when I love reading PNR books.

And oh wow, Seven Years is FUN! :D

bev May 21, 2016 at 2:17 PM

Amy, I don’t know but I find those things odd. Like if my book hits #1 I’ll release scenes. It’s off putting. It’s like the reader is the PR person. I just saw a blogger/reviewer talking about review request with suggestions. Lol. Idk, I appreciate bad reviews.

bev May 21, 2016 at 2:19 PM

I read all morning, it’s an OK read. *shrug*
Now I feel maybe feel like curling up and watching a movie.

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 2:39 PM

I want to rant too! *takes Amy’s martini she didn’t even know she had*

A writer wanted to “gift” me an ARC of her book in exchange for an “honest review.” I know, that happens all the time, but BS. If you want to “gift” me an ARC, “gift” me and ARC. It shouldn’t have stipulations! OR…just ask me to read it for free and give my review!! Ok, sorry I’m digressing. I was too busy at the time so I had to pass. But, later when my time freed up, I PAID full price, $8, for the book and read it. THEN I gave an honest review (or as honest as I could considering it wasn’t my usual genre). I gave it 4 stars! If you know me, THAT’S A LOT!! I don’t hardly ever give 5 stars unless the writer’s name starts with Taylor and ends with Reid. Anyway, the writer (in their thank you for my review – which I spent a lot of time on BTW) asked me not to post it because it would tarnish her 5 star rating. I seriously ruffled some feathers with 4 stars! Even though my review was glowing.

OK, rant over. *hands Amy back martini, offers Bev one*

Fabi May 21, 2016 at 3:13 PM

Funny how things hit us all at the same time. I’ve backed away from reviewing in the last few weeks. Even though I’m the queen of the 5 stars and will give anything I like the whole 5. There ARE occasions when I read a book that is not a five for ME. Lately, I not only do not post a review, I don’t even add a rating to GR. I’m too afraid to miss up someone’s life by a less than stellar review. Wish there was a place that was strictly for readers with no pressure at all from authors or publishers. *sigh* oh well, that’s never going to happen. They’re not our books, we only read them.

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 3:18 PM

I’ve made a rule that from this point forward I do not rate/review books by friends or for people I beta for, but of course there are always exceptions. I’m not going to NOT review something I think is amazing. Writer’s need bad reviews. It’s what makes them better! And, it makes the 5 star reviews shine. :)

bev May 21, 2016 at 3:18 PM

Renee, I know the ladies have talked on here before about not trusting books that only have five star reviews. If I read amazon reviews it is usually the 3 star reviews that decide me one way or another.
I don’t review or star any thing. I have a hard time condensing it down, and too wish washy. Well, I talk of my opinion here.

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 3:23 PM

I agree. And I’d rather have 1000 “3 star” reviews than 11 “5 star” reviews any day.

bev May 21, 2016 at 3:23 PM

Plus, it is subjective. Completely subjective. The Avoiding series was loved by a lot of people on here. I think Maryse 5 starred it. For them it worked and worked well. Gave them great reading pleasure. I dnf’d it. I can’t even read another book by the author, lol.
I loved Jellicoe Road. It made an amazing day of reading for me. For Maryse a Dnf. Deeper, gah. Again love. Charmed me no end. Tessa and Fabi? Nope octopus, lol.

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 3:32 PM

hahaha the one Maryse and I disagreed on was Carnage, but I can’t talk about that one without getting violent so I’ll stop now. I will say I made her console me over twitter.

bev May 21, 2016 at 3:32 PM

Fabi, your so nice lol. One time I almost left a bad review. I read a review of a book that was a rave. I was like one click. It was not good, to me. I think my expectations were too high and so the drop to much, lol. I was upset by how much it disappointed me. *sigh*

Fabi May 21, 2016 at 3:33 PM

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I read reviews with my morning coffee like other people read the news. Every morning, dozens of reviews. I don’t think we’re the only ones shying away from our reviews. I’ve seen the trend on GR too. There’s fewer of them from people who used to review several times a week AND the ones showing up on my feed are mostly 4 and 5 star ones. Some people give 4 to great books, some give 5 stars. I’m only seeing the very occasional 3 star review and pretty much no 2 or 1 stars. Even the 3s are very careful to say something like “it’s ME, not the book”.

Can I admit now how many books I’ve read that were rated one and two stars? It was the reason the reviewer didn’t like the book that attracted me to it in the first place. We DO all have different likes and dislikes.

But, the indie market does affect a “real” person’s livelihood. Far be from me to negatively impact anyone else’s life. I do get it. I really do. Authors are real people with feelings, hopes and dreams. I appreciate that and am more sensitive to it.

Yet, there’s the reader part of me that wishes…

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 3:40 PM

Fabi, I’ll be in that indie market one day, and I for one want the truth. This is not something to get into if you can’t take the criticism OR if your livelihood depends on it, IMO. All reviews sell books, even the bad ones!!

bev May 21, 2016 at 3:42 PM

Hmm. I see that. But there are indie authors that have street teams, seen them pop up here a couple times, I think. So they are kind of ……how to say it? Whatever, it is a bit uncool. *shrug*
Anyway, I read review blogs every morning too, lol. I have been slowly trying to find the reviewers on those blogs that align with my taste. But even that is not fool proof.
In that none of us like just one trope or type of writing, or ect. I love slow build but also OTT alpha/good girl/ sometimes insta love, lol.

Fabi May 21, 2016 at 3:42 PM

Great attitude R.

and “all reviews sell books” <— I've never heard anything more true.

Now we just need all the indie authors on board. :-)

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 3:44 PM

I think I have too Bev! Can they be a little less obvious??? I want a street team!! I can’t even get my friends to read my book! *looks up street team on amazon*

bev May 21, 2016 at 3:44 PM

Not only indie. That one author who basically stalked her reviewer, then wrote a piece in The Guardian (?) about it. So weird.

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 3:44 PM

And I love insta-love! why is it getting such a bad rap!

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 3:46 PM

Bev, was that the one who attacked the blogger on FB?

bev May 21, 2016 at 3:49 PM
Fabi May 21, 2016 at 3:49 PM

Exactly Bev. A 2 star review that says “full of purple prose” might be the book I automatically click on because I like the cover or the premise and purple prose is something I enjoy sometimes.

In fact, I have several review keywords that catch my notice in those lower rated books. If I like the premise and I see a keyword or phrase in a 1 or 2 star review, it’s an auto click.

*shrug* no bad reviews for now. Peer pressure at its finest. (Unless a book totally pisses me off, then all bets are off – cause – I have a temper. Italian, remember?) lok

Fabi May 21, 2016 at 3:53 PM

Ooohhh, that recently fiasco where the author bashed a 3 star reviewer on her FB? That went viral. And because the review was SO GOOD, I I jumped on that bandwagon. That author’s ratings plummeted and I’m sure she’ll be starting over with a brand new pen name now.

That was awful. I still get the heebie jeebies. Even more so than with Maryse’s spiders. *shiver*

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 3:54 PM

I love it!!! I’ve never said this out loud before, but here it goes… “My name is Robin and I like purple prose too.” Wow. That was so freeing!! :) Have you ever been on Twitter during #1linewed?? It’s ALL purple prose!

Ok, I don’t love it throughout an entire book, but if you’re reading about a couple on a romantic beach about to do the deed, I want a purple-ey sunset!

Fabi May 21, 2016 at 3:55 PM

R. I like the insta-love too. *giggle* although I don’t mind reading the slow builds either, I am a definite believer in love at first sight.

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 3:55 PM

thank you for that link Bev. I haven’t heard of that one! I think I only know of the one Fabi is talking about!

Fabi May 21, 2016 at 3:57 PM

OMG R. We were writing at the same time. LOL So not only do we both like insta-live, but we both also like purple prose. Ha! Remind me to recommend an author to you who I don’t want to mention here for obvious reasons.

bev May 21, 2016 at 3:58 PM

Insta love and I have a volatile relationship. On one hand it’s what I kinda grew up with, many of those wonderful historical had it. And it can be fun. So fun and swoony. It also can annoy me no end. Slow burn that goes through all the levels, meeting, friendship, flirting, ect just does it for me.

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 4:00 PM

I think for me it just has to be believable. It’s not really insta-love anyway is it? It’s insta-connection. love always has to build.

bev May 21, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Can’t leave me hanging. Who did the fb bashing?

On another note? Reading about author behavior can be hard cause then do you read the books?

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 4:01 PM

I won’t. I want nothing to do with a writer who does that. Fabi do you remember who that was? I can find it…I started following the blogger on GR right after!

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 4:03 PM

JC Cliff Bev

Amy May 21, 2016 at 4:03 PM

*slides martini to R* You need it more than I do right now because THAT was messed up of the author to do that.

I’m with you guys in that I appreciate the less-than-stellar reviews, but only when they are *specific* about why they didn’t like it. Was it the writing style, the storyline, a poorly played-out plot, the characters? Simply saying “it wasn’t good and a waste of my time” is not good enough. Tell me it’s poorly written and I will definitely think twice about reading it.

Example…one book which I LOVED, and will probably end up being one my all-time favorites because of how it has stuck with me, actually has a 3-star average on Amazon. But the majority of the low ratings (3 star and below) were because they didn’t like the plot (infidelity) or didn’t like the h or thought it was just depressing. Well, the h and the plot and the cut-and-dry writing style are why I did love it…not WHAT she was doing but the downward spiral that happened because of what she was doing.

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 4:07 PM

What book Amy? I see infidelity in books like anything else. Make it necessary to the plot. Make it believable and make me CARE.

Fabi May 21, 2016 at 4:11 PM

That’s another thing. Reviews are obviously influenced by triggers. We all have different triggers. What might trigger me might be a fun read for others. What triggers others might be a fun read for me.

Well, gotta run. Making myself late for guitar practice. *gently slides soapbox under bed*

Fabi May 21, 2016 at 4:14 PM

last comment promise

Bev, just because I don’t like a particular book by an author in no way means I won’t absolutely love the next book. I could list several examples of this. No time.

But, an author who does something nasty that “pisses me off”, well, that becomes personal, and no, I won’t knowingly read another book by that author. Fortunately, I don’t have a lot of examples of this.

bev May 21, 2016 at 4:15 PM

I never heard of that author, lol.
I remember I did a random library pull of a book. First in a mystery series and I liked it. So I looked up the author. It was Anne Perry, and I just couldn’t go on. But I understand why others could.

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Holy moses. I’m reading the “reviews” for KH on GR. Fabi, apparently you aren’t alone!

Amy May 21, 2016 at 4:17 PM

Fabi, you shouldn’t worry about leaving a bad or low-star review on GR or Amazon. If someone comes after you on GR for it then we’ll just have to head over there and take off our earrings.

And then Maryse will promptly snatch them up and play with them.

Bev…yeahhhhhhh, I’ve noticed the street team thing here before, too. Not appropriate, IMHO. :?

Fabi May 21, 2016 at 4:18 PM

That’s Bev I think R. I never heard o the KH debacle until Bev mentioned it.

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 4:18 PM

What if a writer gets a good review and shows up at the reviewer’s doorstep with roses and a pony. Is that creepy? Not if I’m drunk right? Wait…not me. Asking for a friend…

Fabi May 21, 2016 at 4:18 PM

LOL Amy. You’re awesome!

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 4:22 PM

No Fabi, I meant you aren’t alone in wanting to ban a nasty writer.

Amy May 21, 2016 at 4:23 PM

Fabi plays the guitar…you are awesome, lady!! :D

R, it was Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essabaum. It’s not a “feel-good” book but damn if it didn’t pack an emotional punch and mess with my head. And the last line…I still get the chills from it. I think I’m the only one here who has read it which is why I have mentioned it so many times. I need some commiseration. ;)

bev May 21, 2016 at 4:23 PM

Yes, if some random from the Internet knocks on your door be scared. Very scared.

Amy May 21, 2016 at 4:24 PM

HA! We were both sending mutual “awesome” comments at the same time, Fabi!!! *HUGS!!*

Maryse May 21, 2016 at 4:24 PM

I will be reading it absolutely Amy. I know it’s my thing.

And it’s so fun how we are learning all of these cool personal things about each other.

bev May 21, 2016 at 4:24 PM

*knocks on Amy ‘ s door*

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 4:24 PM

Checking it out now on GR! I usually don’t like books that aren’t feel good, but I’m trying to grow as a person LOL. Or just punish myself. Not sure which.

Amy May 21, 2016 at 4:24 PM

*knocks on Bev’s door*

Amy May 21, 2016 at 4:25 PM


*hoots and cackles like the village idiot*

bev May 21, 2016 at 4:26 PM


R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 4:29 PM

Amy it says it’s about infidelity in the blurb! It’s not like it’s a surprise! I’m intrigued…

bev May 21, 2016 at 4:31 PM

When Fabi comes back, this is why I made my challenge. The challenge I’m currently failing. Instead of reading (ok, watching Deadpool) I’m Internet shopping & chatting, lol.

Amy May 21, 2016 at 4:31 PM

I’m tellin’ ya, Maryse…it’s one of THOSE.

Feel good? No. Flowery writing? No. Sledgehammer to the chest? Yes.

“I usually don’t like books that aren’t feel good, but I’m trying to grow as a person LOL.” <—— We need to water her and help her "grow" with some of our faves, Maryse :P

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 4:33 PM

haha bev. I took the day off from bowling with my family to write. You can see how well that’s going…

But, in my defense, stalking crazy writers is way more fun!

Amy May 21, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Bev, look at the time stamps…we knocked at the *exact* same time, LOL!!!!

R…we can SO hook you up with some books that are out of your comfort zone. ;)

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 4:37 PM

Oh…you have already LOL. I’m looking at it on Amazon. I HATE the new cover, and LOVE the old one! Why did they switch?? The Kindle version is so $$$ I was just going to order a hardcover but I can’t tell which one I’ll get. I did this before when I ordered an Ernest Hemingway book and they sent me a cheap looking cover for a $20 book!

Amy May 21, 2016 at 4:37 PM

I’m supposed to be working on a PowerPoint project worth half my grade which is due on Monday. And I only have a couple of slides completed. Out of 30.

And yet…here I am chatting.

At least my priorities are in order. *snort*

bev May 21, 2016 at 4:40 PM

I have a paper I should be writing. Or reading some chapters. But nope not today.

Amy May 21, 2016 at 4:48 PM

R…for some reason, I love the one with the woman’s bust on the front. The flower one just looks…I dunno…not fitting, I guess? ‘Cause there is nothing cheery and flowery in that book. Then again, I’m odd when it comes to book covers. I love the unique covers that don’t blend in with the rest.

The way a certain character’s fire stories were subtly used as analogies…GAH, just one of the many things I loved about it.

And the whole last chapter…I had that “dry cry” thing going on, where my chest ached, my eyeballs burned, my throat had a knot in it, and yet I couldn’t actually cry. It was weird.

Cheryl May 21, 2016 at 4:50 PM

Well Bev, you could always leave a review that says this is total BS that I have to leave a review to get bonus chapters!!

I agree that the books we read and ultimately the reviews we give are so subjective and influenced by our own life experiences. Makes you wonder if these retaliative authors were the crazy student in class that disagreed with everything the teacher said and harassed them about not getting an A on every assignment!

Amy May 21, 2016 at 4:50 PM

Naughty Bev. :P

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 4:51 PM

Yeah…that’s pretty much how I feel during the entire novel when I read TJR or Renee Carlino.

Ha! I thought the opposite about the covers. I just emailed two sellers to see which one they have.

Amy May 21, 2016 at 4:52 PM

LOL Cheryl!!!!

bev May 21, 2016 at 4:56 PM

Cheryl, that would be awesome.

Cheryl May 21, 2016 at 4:58 PM

After reading some lighhearted books, I’m ready for something tummy twisting. A Way To Get By and When I Lost You sound like they would qualify. Have to check out the samples.

R. Renee May 21, 2016 at 5:10 PM

Cheryl, is it this one?

Hold crap that looks intense. Good luck.

Amy May 21, 2016 at 5:53 PM

*high-fives Cheryl*

Good choices, my friend. ;)

Jan130 May 21, 2016 at 6:20 PM

I get annoyed when I check out a new book on amazon and it is filled with super-gushy five star reviews. Happens all the time. ‘honestly best book I ever read’ ‘blew my mind’ (maybe they had a tiny mind lol) ‘buy it now you won’t regret it’ etc etc.


I usually go to the critical reviews looking for a bit more honesty. And yeah, I do buy books after reading 3 star or more critical reviews. Also, even good authors sometimes write a less than stellar books, guys. Don’t be afraid to say so.

When a review is more real, I can better judge whether or not the book is my cup of tea. The fake 5 star reviews don’t tell me anything I really need to know when judging whether or not to buy. I’ve been burnt by being sucked in by multiple 5 star reviews before, and am much more cautious now. I wish reviewers would be real, and only go 5 star when it REALLY warrants it. Now, I’d like to see that.

My 5c worth.

*Clears throat, straightens skirt, and steps down off soapbox, head held high*

Tessa May 21, 2016 at 6:27 PM

*catches up with wide eyes* I like insta love as long as the getting to know is there to cement it after. However, purple prose, bleh. I will also say I like certain tropes. The stepbrother thing I found some bully books disguised.

Tessa May 21, 2016 at 6:32 PM

As for reviews, I just have Tijan a 3, though it might have been 2. However, I think part was my issue that came up making me seriously uncomfortable. There are some DNF I don’t rate because I stopped due to issues.

Jan130 May 21, 2016 at 6:54 PM

Yeh Tessa, I usually don’t bother reviewing my dnfs either, but maybe I should do a review and say (constructively) why I didn’t finish. Might be helpful for other potential readers, and perhaps for authors too. I hope authors do read the critical reviews. I try not to write harsh reviews, just honest ones. I’m not having a go at the author, just sayin’ what didn’t work for me IN THE BOOK. (Nothing to do with the author personally!) It would be nice to think our suggestions could help authors.

Lisa May 21, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Wow youve all been busy debating reviews. Cant help but add my piece:

I appreciate everyones pov and Id never thought too hard about how low star ratings or reviews effected the indie author….. but seriously its MY perspective, MY review.
Why do authors offer the opportunity for review if they dont welcome honesty. Every art form requires us to put ourselves out there in the public domain actors/artists/musicians/writers and part of that is being able to accept critique from that public.

As someone said reviews are subjective….what floats my boat might irk someone else.
I would never read or NOT read a book based on a star rating……and I do honestly review my books on GR…for ME……because I have a right to an opinion.

Indie authors may have to stop being so precious.

God it makes me love you all and this little sanctuary….that honesty and non judgement are valued.

Jan130 May 21, 2016 at 7:20 PM

Yes to all of the above Lisa

Lisa May 21, 2016 at 7:28 PM

On that rather ranting note….

I read all night to finish Undecided and damn I loved it. The relationship between the MCs was perfect. Crosbie and Nora are adorable. I loved that it was only her POV but we got little insights into Crobies feelings via his blabbermouth buddy. But I struggled big time with the numbers, lists, names bit and found Kellan to be repugnant. Repulsive. Ugly. Gross. Yuk.
Nevertheless loved it……and BTW it will get 5 stars on my GR and a place in my top books of 2016. Honesty.

Grey May 21, 2016 at 7:42 PM

Hey all, throwing my 2 cents in about the reviewing. I’ve just had a couple authors offer Arcs up to us on the GR group … Its books I was interested in reading anyway. And I will always be 100% honest. I am a pretty stringent rater. Very rarely will I throw out a 5 star. I think I’ve only had 1 so far this year…

Haus…what??? Love to all *swipes Amy’s martini*

Cheryl May 21, 2016 at 8:08 PM

Yep R. that’s the book.

*high-fives Amy back* what did you decide to read?

MichelleS May 21, 2016 at 8:25 PM

This is why I just come here and see what Maryse & you guys are reading! I know we have similar tastes, if not EXACTLY the same all the time, still spot on much of the time. I don’t trust Amazon reviews AT ALL. “Rogue” by Katy Evans had a ton of 5 star reviews. It was so bad I wanted a refund!!!

Jan130 May 21, 2016 at 8:52 PM

Yeah I feel your pain, Michelle. It’s happened to me too.

bev May 21, 2016 at 9:03 PM

MichelleS, that is how I felt about the one I almost left a review for. I do think though that the high review(s) are true for who wrote them. Just wasn’t for me.
I know we have probably all done it. Read a book that one or more on here have raved about and been all, “Huh.”
And it is funny cause so often we agree. It would make an interesting venn diagram.

bev May 21, 2016 at 9:07 PM

#4. I think he has Maryse ‘ s pet and Maryse has his Spazz.
For any who have read the books, that character *shiver*.

Maryse May 21, 2016 at 9:43 PM

LOL bev!!!! :P I think you might be right. I’ll give him back Spazz but he has to have the pretty pink bow like Amy’s picture. And maybe some non-toxic sparkles on it’s pink toes. *snort*

Maryse May 21, 2016 at 9:47 PM

I trust your book opinions and mini reviews too. BIG time. While we all have different enjoyment levels of certain books, you guys are pretty picky and don’t mind tactfully saying when a book isn’t working for you, and why.

And I love that. I mean, really, we all want to read 5 star (or close to 5 star) books, and there are just so many being released daily that it’s hard to choose. And I’m picky too. I want to read awesome and unforgettable (whether it be crazy, or tearfully angsty, or just plain fun and “perfect” contemporary romance). I certainly DNF my share…

bev May 21, 2016 at 9:53 PM

Maryse, is that a thing? Bedazzled tarantulas?

bev May 21, 2016 at 10:03 PM

I do read books I enjoy that I don’t rec. I’m a big comfort reader. Usually it is as a re-read, but can be a trope or certain authors who have a consistent recognizable style.
They will be books that are just right for me. And comfortable. Like a hot shower followed by flannel pajama pants and thick socks, lol. Yet not something I think to rec to you ladies.

Fabi May 21, 2016 at 10:11 PM

“Bedazzled tarantulas?” hahaha it’s a thing for Maryse’s tarantulas.

I have to admit that I am more of a tomboy than a girly girl, but when it comes to insects, arachnids and reptiles, I am ALL girl. I don’t even handle fish well. So…major kudos to Maryse!!!

Tasha J May 21, 2016 at 11:05 PM

Hey all! Just thought I’d pop in here quick before I go to bed to tell you that I just watched an awesome movie! I know, not book related but I haven’t had time to read for the last few days and I was too exhausted tonight. So I watched In The Heart Of The Sea and it was Incredibelmo! <–I'm forced to repeatedly watch Elmo you tube videos and the songs won't get outta my head :'(. I haven't watched anything in ages but when I do, it's never up to par. I find almost all movies suck in some way now a days. And the endings are like the worst part, ruin the whole movie, and I'm left thinking wth was the point?! (Sorry I'm tired and get off subject frequently, lol) But honestly loved everything about this movie, if you find time or need a break between, it's an absolute must see! *holds thumbs up with slap happy grin on her face* haha Also though, I totally have books waiting for me to just sneak some time and energy in to read them, like Jellicoe Road which I'm still working on. AND I'm gonna try a couple audiobooks to see if that helps me squeeze em in. Ive just gotten Salt To the Sea and Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Yay! :)

Amy May 21, 2016 at 11:22 PM

I can just see Maryse trying to paint Spazz’s little toes with sparkly polish before sending him back to the Mountain…

“Okay Spazz, just hold real still…there you go, lift your little leg for me…wait, why are you raising both front legs? What are you doing? Spazz, NO! Bad Spazz! I’m just trying to make you look pretty!”

Amy May 21, 2016 at 11:24 PM

Cheryl…I ended up going with Seven Years by Dannika Dark. The rain put me in the mood for a good PNR read, and it hasn’t disappointed me!

Tasha, is that the one with Chris Hemsworth? *whistles* I wouldn’t mind watching a movie about him and his big, huge…whale. :P

Fabi May 22, 2016 at 12:31 AM

Oh is that the whale movie? I saw that recently. It was really good.

I want to go see his new one but I haven’t made to the theatre yet.

Fabi May 22, 2016 at 12:33 AM

Amy, I just recently read that. Or listened to it actually. It was good. I enjoyed it.

Jan130 May 22, 2016 at 2:45 AM

*snort* Amy. Cute description of Maryse trying to prettify Spazz. Naughty, naughty Spazz.

Grey May 22, 2016 at 5:35 AM

Bev… You should totally recommend the hot shower and thick sock more often, probably less dangerous than all of our booze talk, lol!

bev May 22, 2016 at 8:46 AM

Tasha J, I just picked up Salt to the Sea from the library this past week. The cover is great. Looks like it could be sad though.
No real reading time for me today. *pfft*

Cheryl May 22, 2016 at 10:16 AM

Amy, I didn’t go with either of those books. I didn’t like the sample of A Way to Get By and I’m still going to read When I Lost You, but I had The Ending I Want on my tbr, and it grabbed me from the beginning. Just hoping it doesn’t twist my tummy too much. I think someone commented that it is not as heartbreaking as you expect from the title/blurb.

Amy May 22, 2016 at 12:14 PM

Okay, so I just put one of the collagen masks from my Ipsy bag on my face a couple of minutes ago…ummmmm, it feels like I pulled a post-sex tissue from a bag and slapped it on my face. *shudder* talk about cold, slimy, and nasty. :?

Amy May 22, 2016 at 12:17 PM

Fabi…it WAS good, wasn’t it? I would continue with the series but I’m just not in the mood right now for a different-couple-per-book series right now. Maybe later though. ;)

Cheryl…I remembering seeing those comments on here about TEIW, so you’re probably safe reading it. What wasn’t working for you with AWTGB?

Amy May 22, 2016 at 12:19 PM

Oh DANG! I just saw the new addition up there, Heart Time! *squeals*

Tasha J May 22, 2016 at 12:49 PM

Amy and Fabi, yep that’s the one with Chris Hemsworth and about whales and leads to the mc writing Moby Dick, which is kind of funny bc I started reading Moby Dick back in high school and was bored to tears and didn’t get very far. Lol.
Bev, I had signed up for Audible to try so you get one free book and that’s the one I chose out of about seven samples I listened to. I also read an excerpt and the reviews look great. I’m thinking it’s gonna have a Nightingale feel to it.

Maryse May 22, 2016 at 1:17 PM

*snort* Amy!!!!!!

And when you take it off… they say to rub in the rest of what’s left. Yeah… no. There’s TOO much for that. I end up rubbing it on my hands and my arms once I’m done trying to rub it into my face.

And all of that sounds just… bad. LOL!!!!!! :P

bev May 22, 2016 at 1:33 PM

*stares at Amy*


Fabi May 22, 2016 at 1:33 PM

Tasha, that really was a great movie. Then again, I’ve never seen a Chris H movie that wasn’t. Just looking at him for a couple of hours puts a smile on my face.

I’m with you on Moby Dick. I’ve tried reading it at least twice but can’t get past the boredom to actually finish it.

Amy May 22, 2016 at 1:41 PM

Maryse, right?? Because who wants to rub all that cold, slimy gunk into their face? It even got into my HAIR! Hey, some may not mind that but it’s definitely not something I care for.

And I’m talking about the mask, of course. :P

I don’t think there’s any way for us to describe the experience with one of those masks without it sounding suggestive and nasty. *snort*

Amy May 22, 2016 at 1:43 PM

*stares back at Bev*

What?!? Maryse said something too about it and you’re not starin’ at HER!


bev May 22, 2016 at 1:50 PM

Dude, I don’t know.
You throw peanuts to her.
I’m pretty sure Maryse drew a “peanut” for Fabi at the smut review.
And now she is rubbing. …..stuff.

bev May 22, 2016 at 1:50 PM

I’m not staring I’m looking the other way.

Tessa May 22, 2016 at 2:06 PM

ROFL. What is the name of the stuff? We need to know to avoid it. Well they do. I still have to use clean and clear and I’m almost 40.

Fabi May 22, 2016 at 2:15 PM

Hey – how did I get roped into this? I’m with Tessa. If I put anything slimy on my face it better be quick drying

Fabi May 22, 2016 at 2:16 PM

*whispers to Tessa* it has many names

Cheryl May 22, 2016 at 2:19 PM

Well, Amy that certainly puts it in perspective. Would be quite the review for the product!

About AWTGB, I think it was the mood I was in last night and the back and forth of both their pov’s and jumping between past and present. Today looking at it again, to answer what I didn’t like about it; it didn’t bother me as much, just didn’t grab me in the sample. I’ll try again another time.

bev May 22, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Lol, Cheryl. I want to read your reviews.

bev May 22, 2016 at 2:59 PM

All I want to do is read today, but because I did nothing yesterday I have a bleep ton to do today.
Amy, I need your drive and focus.

Amy May 22, 2016 at 3:14 PM

“*whispers to Tessa* it has many names” <—— BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Tessa, they are SOO AE collagen essence masks. I've only used one so I'm not sure how well they work, but oh man are they slimy when you first take them out.

OMG…that last line sounded so wrong. *snicker*

Amy May 22, 2016 at 3:18 PM

Cheryl, let me know how AWTGB goes for you. That is one I REALLY want to start. Soon.

Bev…*sigh* I don’t know how much drive and focus I have right now. Obviously, because I’m on here right now. ;) I put this project off so long that NOW I’m stressed and my tummy is in knots while I try to finish it. Come on, Bev…we’ll both buckle down, finish our work, and then we can read tonight. Deal?

Anne May 22, 2016 at 3:19 PM

Hey guys! Hope you are having a great Sunday.

I finished Wicked Heart last night and really liked it, but Bad Romeo was better for me. Still WH is great read.

Don’t know what to read next. I am thinking Smut or A Way to Get By.

bev May 22, 2016 at 3:35 PM

In half an hour, Amy. Then deal. Paper due tonight, thought tomorrow, and one due Tuesday. Tuesdays I’m not going to be able to finish tonight.

bev May 22, 2016 at 3:37 PM

Anne, I posted a link on another post last week or so. It was the news that Kleypas is writing a book with Sebastian & Erie ‘ s son!!! I can’t even. I already pre – ordered.

bev May 22, 2016 at 3:37 PM

Erie? Really auto correct.

Anne May 22, 2016 at 3:39 PM

I am going to read The Bird and the Sword. I am in the mood for some fantasy romance and Amy Harmon writes so beautifully I am sure I am going to love this book :)

Amy May 22, 2016 at 3:47 PM

Dang Bev, I’m having empathy tummy twisting pain for you. I hate when that happens and then I have to rush to finish the assignment. :?

Anne…A Way to Get By is on my radar, too…BIG time!

Grey May 22, 2016 at 3:52 PM

Oh God, I’m dying right now…. *cackle* Quick drying… slimy on the face… it has many names… *can’t breathe*

sweet lord…you girls… *strives for innocent look* what???? not buying it??? *shifty eyes*

bev May 22, 2016 at 4:01 PM

Amy, mine twist for you. Math & science are very hard for me.
The first paper is a reflection paper on the materials read & viewed and how I use them. Reflection papers are kind of fun. The next one and one after are reflection plus research and, yes, those I should of been working on already. My own fault. But they are not going to be terribly long.
Then I’m taking the summer off from classes.

bev May 22, 2016 at 4:14 PM

Ok, I’m going to buckle my buckle.

Fabi, what Santino Hassell book would you rec?

Fabi May 22, 2016 at 5:16 PM

What?!!! I must be hallucinating. Bev? is that you?

bev May 22, 2016 at 5:49 PM

Yes, it is I. Why?

Fabi May 22, 2016 at 5:53 PM

lol – it’s just not you’re reading lane, I don’t think *scratches head*
you know Santino writes gritty mm right?
at the risk of having you hate one of my favorite books, I recommend Strong Signal, a colab between Hassel and Megan Erickson

bev May 22, 2016 at 6:05 PM

I was hesitant about that one as I tried two of her Bowler University
books and they were….kind of bland. But I will give it a shot.
I can do gritty, though it is not my all the time type reads.
One thing I’m not good with is gross out humor. I can take a bit, but just a bit. Like I could not get pass the first part of Lingus. *shrug*

bev May 22, 2016 at 6:11 PM

When I think of gritty I think of this book. Random library pull, probably from when it was released. I remember it was so good, but, yes, gritty. I have not re-read it so not sure how it would stand up. But thought I’d share one I liked since you like those kind.

Fabi May 22, 2016 at 6:23 PM

That definitely sounds like one I would enjoy reading.

Fabi May 22, 2016 at 6:25 PM

hmmm I don’t remember the first part of Lingus. I can relate to what you’re saying though. I was pretty horrified at the prologue in Smut.

Fabi May 22, 2016 at 6:28 PM

btw I’ve haven’t read anything else by Megan Erickson yet. The only reason I even know her name right now is from her colab with Santino.

Amy May 22, 2016 at 7:51 PM

I usually don’t get excited when books I’ve read are made into movies or TV shows (exception is the Hunger Games series) especially after what happened with The Ruins, but OMG I am so ready for Me Before You!!!!

Look at this second trailer:

*dreamy sigh*

Amy May 22, 2016 at 7:52 PM
bev May 22, 2016 at 8:49 PM

Um, yeah nope.

bev May 22, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Also, almost done with today’s. Then dinner, getting ready for tomorrow…..then reading time. Whoop.

Amy May 22, 2016 at 9:12 PM

Yay Bev! We both did our homework!! :D

Jan130 May 23, 2016 at 6:26 PM

Bev I felt the same about Bowler University. Just, meh. The characters seemed particularly immature, even bearing in mind it’s na, college kids etc. And Lingus. I wanted to like Lingus cos I love Kulti and Wall of Winnipeg but I just couldn’t get past the first section. I’m tempted by Strong Signal, even tho’ mm’s not my usual flavour. But I’ve been known to go there on occasion :-) and one of Fabi’s favourites – that’s a pretty good rec right there. But I did laugh over the prologue in Smut. Yeah, it was a bit gross (I think I skimmed over that!) but the Barry Manilow stuff had me snorting.

Lisa May 23, 2016 at 7:02 PM

Im half way through Smut at the moment and really dont know what to think…..its a weird book…ironic and satirical but still sitting squarely in the genre it ridicules. Plus its making me feel a bit uncomfortable…..Amanda reading the step brother bad boy kindle book in the park and hoping people are thinking she’s reading war and peace. …cuts a bit close to the bone. Im feeling like this book is laughing at me…not the other way round.

MichelleS May 23, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Squee! Love my book. Fabi pops in and says, “sounds like Roam” MichelleS. Say what??? You’ve got my attention now. That’s like at nip for me. So I downloaded the sample, and I’m in. I love the dialogue & Scott & April. Thank you, Fabi, for pointing it out.

bev May 23, 2016 at 7:46 PM

What is everyone reading right now?
I have two books going right now. The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood & The Devil You Know by Jo Goodman.

MichelleS May 23, 2016 at 7:48 PM

Oh sorry. “Waiting for April”. He’s over 300 & been protecting her his whole life. And loving her. She’s 17… And has never made it to 18. He’s watched her die 19x. In this life, she lives next door & has a hunky boyfriend. I love this kind of story!!! Yippee!!!!!!

Amy May 23, 2016 at 8:09 PM

Ooh! I clicked that one when it was on Maryse’s list tre other day! Is it his POV or her POV?

It kind of reminds me of Fallen by Lauren Kate…different plots but he still had to watch her die by bursting into flames over and over.

What am I reading…besides my text book? (*blech*) I started When Nothing Is All You’ve Got based on Tessa’s rec.

Fabi May 23, 2016 at 8:11 PM

So glad you’re enjoying it MichelleS. I immediately thought of you when I saw it.

I’m in the middle of Grey’s buddy read, Black Widow. I also have two loans, Beyond Control which I’ve been waiting on forever and squeeeeeeeeeeee Tapping the Billionaire. Then…I have another ARC I have to read by the first week in June. I don’t think I’m going to have a chance to veer too often from this list during the next couple of weeks otherwise I won’t make the timeline. It’s actually a good problem. It avoids all my squirrelies and “what’s next” dilemmas.

MichelleS May 23, 2016 at 8:37 PM

Amy – it goes back & forth…. So the mystery of how & why can slowly unfold, since she’s clueless. He has to watch her “boyfriend” stick his tongue down her throat & grab her @$$. Poor poor Scott. Dialogue is so real. That makes or breaks it for me.

bev May 23, 2016 at 8:42 PM

Maryse has a new review up. Do I want to read the book or not. I’m not sure, lol.

Amy May 23, 2016 at 8:53 PM

Yes, Bev, you do.

And now I’m definitely sold on WFA, MichelleS. ;)

MichelleS May 23, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Amy – get some Kleenex at 31-32%. I love this book.

Jan130 May 23, 2016 at 10:32 PM

I’m working my way through Dannika Dark’s mageri series (I know, sooooo behind the times). I got bks 1, 2 and 3 in a bargain-priced bundle. Sweet. I’m about half-way thru book 2 (Twist) and enjoying it. Logan the chitah is pretty hot. *fans self*

I didn’t finish Smut. Got quite a few laughs, but only got to 50 something % I think. I may go back to it at some stage and try to finish.

Eagerly awaiting The City of Mirrors (out today!) to come into the bookshop. (I want a physical book for this one). Once it arrives, will drop everything else for a Cronin-fest. Ugh, doesn’t sound good said like that. You know what I mean.

Also waiting on my TBR is War of the Four Isles – ship kings book 3. When I got excited about book 4 coming out in July I realised I haven’t even read book 3 yet. Duh. Books 1 and 2 were great. Really well-written, involving YA fantasy adventures. Quite an original concept. Anyone else read them?

MichelleS May 24, 2016 at 5:33 PM

The Chitah is crazy hot. And gets hotter, believe it or not!

Did I ever pimp out the Tairen Soul Series to you Jan? I can’t remember. It’s my number one favorite epic fantasy series ever!!! 5 books – so it’s a commitment… But when in the mood, go for it. It’s amazing.

Jan130 May 24, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Don’t know the Tairen Soul series. I’ve been a madly avid reader all of my life, except while I was crazy busy when my kids were younger and I was trying to hold down a job at the same time ….. :-/ but there are still SO MANY great books lurking out there I haven’t even heard of! Thanks for the rec, Michelle. Will certainly try it.

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